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Is note-taking becoming tiresome? Try this virtual assistant

Ask any student: The worst part of any project is the notes. The endless pages of notes. Sometimes it’s a whole separate job just making sense of and — transcribing — the scribbles you wrote a few hours ago.

That’s true whether you’re talking about a thesis paper or a research-heavy work project. But as they say, you’ve got to work smarter, not harder.

In the old days, you might hire a stenographer. Today, you’d get something even better (not to mention cheaper): A dictation program like the stellar Dictanote Pro.

This app is a whole lot more than just a voice-to-text app, though it does that with impressive accuracy. In case peripherals like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri haven’t shown you how far voice recognition has come, try out Dictanote’s intuitive AI.

Just dictate your daily notes, grocery lists, story ideas or anything that needs to get on file fast, and the program turns that audio into text with over 90% accuracy. That outperforms even some leading offline dictation services like Dragon.

You’ve also got a suite of audio tools available to keep those notes organized and readable for the day after. With Voice Commands, you can set line breaks, add punctuation or even set your own special phrases to be translated into custom text.

All this is useful enough, but the service can even switch between languages if you need to collaborate with a non-native speaker or just get a quick translation. And, although your voice will work best, you can convert any file into text with the press of a button.

Need a little visual aid? Simply snap a picture of your sketch or doodle and add it to your notes for easy access. It’s a personal assistant that will save you a ton of time on any project, and you’ll wonder how you were able to work without it.

If it got you coffee, you’d be obligated to send it a card on Secretary’s Day. But as it is, the service is on sale for a steal. Right now, you can get a lifetime subscription to Dictanote Pro for desktop or Android browsers for almost 90% off the original retail price.

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